Posts tagged "Florida"
Marissa Alexander Has Accepted a Plea Deal

Marissa Alexander Has Accepted a Plea Deal

As of Monday, Alexander must serve another 65 days in Duval County Jail. After that time, Alexander must spend another two years on house arrest.
Federal Judge Exempts Another Catholic University from Birth Control Coverage

Federal Judge Exempts Another Catholic University from Birth Control Coverage

The founder of Ave Maria University, Tom Monaghan - who also founded Domino's Pizza - governs the town of Ave Maria. The town only has one OB/GYN and prohibits the distribution of contraception completely.
Civil Rights Lawsuit for Transgender Workers Is First of its Kind

Civil Rights Lawsuit for Transgender Workers Is First of its Kind

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has brought two lawsuits on behalf of transgender worker, marking the first time the federal government has sued to protect transgender rights under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
States Refusing to Expand Medicaid Face Increased Costs and Larger Uninsured Populations

States Refusing to Expand Medicaid Face Increased Costs and Larger Uninsured Populations

According to new data, seven of the 11 major metropolitan areas with rates of uninsured people higher than the national average are in states that have rejected Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.
Moral Mondays Movement Expands to Other States for the "Moral Week of Action"

Moral Mondays Movement Expands to Other States for the “Moral Week of Action”

The Moral Mondays movement has announced a Moral Week of Action taking place from August 22 to 28 that will include events and protests in 11 additional states.
Floridians Rally To Support Not My Boss's Business Act

Floridians Rally To Support Not My Boss’s Business Act

Women's health advocates came together in Central Florida last week to rally against the US Supreme Court's June ruling in Hobby Lobby v. Burwell and push for federal legislation to overturn the decision.
Florida Lawmakers Hold Special Session to Redraw Gerrymandered Maps

Florida Lawmakers Hold Special Session to Redraw Gerrymandered Maps

Florida lawmakers are in Tallahassee today for a special nine-day session to redraw the state’s congressional districts after a state court ruled last month that Republicans had illegally redrawn the districts for their own benefit. Leon County, Florida Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis found in July that state Republicans had created “a shadow redistricting process”...
#FreeMarissa: Why Prosecution for Domestic Violence Goes Wrong and Why Marissa Shouldn't Bear the Brunt of It

#FreeMarissa: Why Prosecution for Domestic Violence Goes Wrong and Why Marissa Shouldn’t Bear the Brunt of It

I can absolutely understand and relate to the calculating one must go through before taking any action to stop an abuser from being abusive. That's why I find Marissa Alexander’s story so enraging.
Hundreds March for Marissa Alexander in Jacksonville

Hundreds March for Marissa Alexander in Jacksonville

"Today, it's Marissa. Tomorrow, it's you. And yesterday, it was Trayvon."
Restrictive Abortion Laws Take Effect in Mississippi and Florida

Restrictive Abortion Laws Take Effect in Mississippi and Florida

Mississippi law now bans abortion 20 weeks after a woman's last menstrual period, and a new Florida law went into effect banning abortion at any point in the pregnancy once a fetus is deemed viable unless two doctors certify in writing that it is necessary to protect the health and life of the woman.
Florida Governor Signs Bill Restricting Abortion Access

Florida Governor Signs Bill Restricting Abortion Access

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a bill into law on Friday that redefines the state's current third trimester abortion ban, creating further restrictions for women seeking later abortions.
Complaint Filed Against Insurers for Discrimination Against People with HIV/AIDS

Complaint Filed Against Insurers for Discrimination Against People with HIV/AIDS

The complaint claims that four Florida insurers are creating prescription drug policies that discourage people with HIV/AIDS from using their plans.
ACLU Calls for Investigation of Single-Sex Program in Florida Schools

ACLU Calls for Investigation of Single-Sex Program in Florida Schools

The ACLU filed a complaint this week against the Hillsborough County Public School district in Florida's single-sex classrooms, claiming they violate Title IX and calling for a federal investigation.
Florida Governor Expected to Sign Fetal Homicide Bill

Florida Governor Expected to Sign Fetal Homicide Bill

States have used fetal homicide laws, like the one is Florida, to criminalize pregnant women or poor pregnancy outcomes.
Marissa Alexander Remains Free on Bail

Marissa Alexander Remains Free on Bail

Marissa Alexander, the African-American Florida woman sentenced to 20 years for firing a “warning shot” at her abusive husband, will not return to jail for violating bail, a judge ruled Friday. Alexander is currently awaiting retrial for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. In 2010, she was sentenced to 20 years under the state’s mandatory...
Florida House Will Review "Stand Your Ground" Law

Florida House Will Review “Stand Your Ground” Law

The Florida state House of Representatives will hold hearings in the fall to review the controversial "Stand Your Ground" law, according to House Speaker Will Weatherford.
Florida Legislature Rejects Medicaid Expansion, Adjourns Without Vote

Florida Legislature Rejects Medicaid Expansion, Adjourns Without Vote

The Florida state legislature adjourned on Friday without a vote on Medicaid expansion that would extend healthcare to 1 million Floridians.
A Reprieve in South Dakota; Bad News Everywhere Else

A Reprieve in South Dakota; Bad News Everywhere Else

By Kari Paul In a challenging time for reproductive rights in the U.S., it’s a relief to occasionally read a bit of good news. So here it is: Late last week, a federal court blocked South Dakota’s new anti-choice law, which would have required women to wait 72 hours–the longest, most extreme waiting period in...